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Soviet Dominance Over Other Socialist States

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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 16 Nov 2005, 17:55
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Post 20 Jul 2008, 03:14
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ou didn't see American tanks shutting down western governments for opposing the USA


As mentioned before, the US rigged elections, covertly dealt with agitators, maintained a massive, intimidating military presence in Western Europe, and used economic blackmail. Recall during the Suez Crisis, for example, how the US threatened to release its GBP reserve to collapse the British currency.
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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 26 Oct 2004, 02:34
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Post 23 Jul 2008, 06:35
Virtually every third world government during the Cold War era that threatened US corporate interests in any way, such as nationalizing certain industries, was undermined or overthrown by the United States, even if it wasn't communist at all. Iran, Chile, Guatemala . . . there are countless examples of US and CIA intervention in the third world to support corporate interests.
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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 07 Oct 2004, 22:04
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Post 23 Jul 2008, 12:59
Rammstein -about France- I'm not so sure about the degree to which the US was involved, but the French government and bourgeoisie first worked to exclude the communists from governing institutions (after they won a large share of the vote), and then in 47 or 48 shut down a major strike which could have turned out to be a communist revolution, using some union leaders to help turn the situation around, as far as I'm aware. Thanks for correcting me. I won't so carelessly throw around words next time.
"The thing about capitalism is that it sounds awful on paper and is horrendous in practice. Communism sounds wonderful on paper and when it was put into practice it was done pretty well for what they had to work with." -MiG
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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 14 Jul 2008, 20:01
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Post 16 Aug 2008, 01:36
Actually, I'm wondering why there were separate socialist states. Why weren't Poland and East Germany, for instance, made Soviet Socialist Republics after World War II? I think that would have been much cooler.
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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 10 Oct 2007, 15:55
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Post 16 Aug 2008, 02:14
Because dominance over other socialist states didn't begin until the Khrushchev era.
We have beaten you to the moon, but you have beaten us in sausage making.- Nikita Khrushchev
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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 30 Nov 2007, 08:37
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Post 16 Aug 2008, 04:15
Because it would look bad politically. Accusing others of imperialism while yourself swallowing up entire countries into an entity only vaguely understood by the rest of the world.
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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 14 Jul 2008, 20:01
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Post 16 Aug 2008, 05:55
But it would have been so great! Imagine if the Sino-Soviet split hadn't occurred and China and Vietnam and North Korea and all the Warsaw Pact and COMECON members would have joined too and there would be a giant, massive, glorious Soviet Union stretching over nearly all of Asia and Eastern Europe... it would certainly still exist and be kicking the capitalist's asses...

Okay, seems like I've started to daydream.
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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 10 Oct 2007, 15:55
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Post 16 Aug 2008, 13:42
There would be no need for a massive Soviet Union. It would put stress on the Soviet government trying to accomodate the new territories. It would be easier to let the countries govern themselves.
We have beaten you to the moon, but you have beaten us in sausage making.- Nikita Khrushchev
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